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05 February 2020

Working with UN Women Australia, QUT Business School has awarded a full scholarship for the Executive MBA program to support an aspiring female leader.

The QUT Women in Leadership Excellence scholarship is supported by UN Women Australia to encourage diversity and promote gender equality and women in leadership roles.

Briony Morgan was awarded the full scholarship to cover tuition fees for the Executive MBA (EMBA) program, valued at more than AUD$70,000. With a background in biomedical science, in 2012 Briony graduated with the Queen’s Medal from the Royal Military College Duntroon as a General Service Officer in the Royal Australian Army Medical Corps. She is currently working with clients to build resilience and crisis management capability at management consulting firm RiskLogic.

Briony hopes to use the knowledge gained from her EMBA to build on her leadership experience and facilitate opportunities for other young women to advance in their chosen fields.

"Throughout my career I have been fortunate to work with, and learn from, women from a variety of cultural backgrounds who have had to overcome many personal and professional obstacles to achieve their goals," says Briony.

"I have witnessed firsthand the positive contribution they have gone on to make to business and society. I firmly believe that there is extraordinary potential still to be realised by women, both in Australia and throughout the world. Support through programs such as this, and partnerships with organisations like UN Women Australia, will help unlock that potential.”

Australia has made some progress towards workplace gender equity, but progress is slower when it comes to women in leadership roles. According to the Australian Government’s Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA) in 2019, women held just 13.7% of chair positions and 25.8% of directorships, and represented 17.1% of CEOs and 30.5% of key management personnel.

Janelle Weissman, Executive Director of UN Women Australia, hopes to see improvement in these numbers soon.

"Sadly our experience in Australia mirrors that of women in many parts of the world: still today, we are widely underrepresented in leadership roles in every facet of society, from business to politics. We are working hard to change that.

UN Women Australia is proud to partner with QUT Business School to promote the Women in Leadership Excellence scholarship which combines a rigorous academic program, real world problem solving and networking – key ingredients to unlock opportunities for women to accelerate access to senior roles.

We are delighted to congratulate Briony for her outstanding contributions to building resilience and crisis management capacity to date and look forward to watching her flourish while at QUT and beyond."

Briony will be in good company. QUT is the top ranked university in Queensland for postgraduate business education, with the EMBA program ranked second nationally in the recent Australian Financial Review BOSS MBA survey rankings. QUT has taken pride in this consistent top position for the past decade in both Brisbane and Canberra.

The QUT Women in Leadership Excellence scholarship will be offered annually, and applications for the 2021 Scholarship will open later in the year. Applications will close in October 2020 and can be lodged online


Genevieve Deacanos

Leader awarded scholarship


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